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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Toy
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  1. A plaything for children; a bawble.
  2. A thing for amusement, but of no real value; an article of trade of little value; a trifle."They exchange for knives, glasses, and such toys, great abundance of gold and pearl." [Abr. Abbot.]
  3. A wild fancy; an odd conceit; idle sport; folly; trifling opinion."To fly about playing their wanton toys." [Spenser.]"What if a toy take 'em in the heels now, and they all run away." [Beau. & Fl.]"Nor light and idle toys my lines may vainly swell." [Drayton.]
  4. Amorous dalliance; play; sport; pastime."To dally thus with death is no fit toy." [Spenser.]
  5. An old story; a silly tale.
  6. Etymology: Probably the same word

    A headdress of linen or woolen, that hangs down over the shoulders, worn by old women of the lower classes; -- called also toy mutch.(Scot)"Having, moreover, put on her clean toy, rokelay, and scarlet plaid." [Sir W. Scott.]

Etymology: D. tuid tools, implements, stuff, trash, speeltuig playthings, toys; akin to G. zeug stuff, materials, MNG. ziuc, Icel. tygi gear; all ultimately from the root of E. tug, v. t.; cf. G. zeugen to beget, MHG. ziugen to beget, make ready, procure. See Tug (v. t.)

verb Toy
To dally amorously; to trifle; to play.
verb Toy
To treat foolishly.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Any of several breeds of very small dogs kept purely as pets
  2. A copy that reproduces a person or thing in greatly reduced size
  3. An artifact designed to be played with
  4. A device regarded as providing amusement ("private airplanes are a rich man's toy")
  5. A nonfunctional replica of something else (frequently used as a modifier) ("a toy stove")
  6. Engage in an activity as if it were a game rather than take it seriously ("toy with an idea")
  7. Manipulate manually or in one's mind or imagination
  8. Behave carelessly or indifferently
Wiktionary
  1. A male given name

Notable Persons Named Toy

Toy Caldwell was a southern rock, country rock, and rock music musician and songwriter. He plays Guitar, Pedal steel guitar, and Vocals. He was most prominent from 1972 to 1972. Toy was given the name Toy Talmadge Caldwell Jr. on November 13th, 1947 in Spartanburg, South Carolina, U.S. He left this life on February 25th, 1993.

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Toy Newkirk is a film, actor, television producer, actress, and producer. She was most prominent from 1977 to present. Toy was born on December 29th, 1972.

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Toy Connor is a hip hop music, rhythm, blues, and pop music actor, singing, songwriter, and rapping. She plays Vocals. She was most active from 1997 to present. Toy was born Toy Connor in Brooklyn, New York, United States. Toy is also known as Alter Ego "Heidi".

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Toy was born in 1974 in Washington, D.C. Toy is also known as T. Styles.

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Toy was born in Gastonia, North Carolina.

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Toy is a soccer player for the S.U. 1º de Dezembro, S.L. Benfica B, S.L. Benfica, S.C. Salgueiros, FC Felgueiras, S.C. Olhanense, Al-Hazm F.C., Al-Qadisiyah FC, Doxa Katokopias F.C., and Cape Verde national football team. Toy was born on June 15th, 1977 in Lisbon, Portugal. Toy is also known as Vítor Manuel Andrade Gomes da Costa.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Toy

Ah was born in 1828. She left this life in 1928.

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Noel Toy was a striptease, actor, exotic dancer, and actress. Noel was given the name Ngun Yee on December 27th, 1918 in San Francisco. Noel is also known as Noel Toy Young. She breathed her last breath on December 24th, 2003.

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Camden Toy is a film, television, actor, and televisionactor. Camden was born in 1957 in Pittsburgh.

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Josh was born on April 18th, 1992.

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Barbara was born on August 11th, 1908. She died on July 18th, 2001.

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Jim Toy is an us lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender activist, educator, united states, bisexuality, transgender, uslesbian, and bisexualandtransgender(lgbt) activist. Jim was given the name James W. Toy on April 29th, 1930 in New York City. Jim is also known as Toy and James.

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How popular is the baby name Toy in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1883 6 0 6
1884 5 0 5
1889 5 0 5
1890 5 0 5
1894 7 0 7
1895 12 5 7
1896 7 0 7
1898 10 0 10
1899 10 5 5
1900 6 0 6
1901 9 0 9
1902 11 5 6
1903 16 6 10
1904 14 8 6
1905 7 7 0
1906 18 9 9
1907 10 5 5
1908 14 7 7
1909 7 0 7
1910 8 0 8
1911 15 7 8
1912 29 11 18
1913 26 11 15
1914 30 9 21
1915 46 16 30
1916 32 13 19
1917 31 6 25
1918 40 15 25
1919 51 14 37
1920 46 17 29
1921 46 11 35
1922 34 14 20
1923 29 5 24
1924 33 9 24
1925 28 8 20
1926 31 9 22
1927 39 14 25
1928 27 12 15
1929 32 13 19
1930 25 7 18
1931 20 9 11
1932 37 16 21
1933 33 15 18
1934 29 8 21
1935 15 5 10
1936 20 10 10
1937 27 10 17
1938 11 0 11
1939 17 5 12
1940 19 12 7
1941 27 7 20
1942 18 9 9
1943 28 8 20
1944 25 8 17
1945 13 0 13
1946 25 8 17
1947 21 11 10
1948 17 8 9
1949 18 5 13
1950 30 14 16
1951 26 13 13
1952 23 12 11
1953 28 12 16
1954 21 12 9
1955 24 15 9
1956 7 7 0
1957 21 12 9
1958 24 16 8
1959 24 18 6
1960 26 15 11
1961 20 14 6
1962 33 23 10
1963 20 14 6
1964 19 12 7
1965 17 10 7
1966 19 19 0
1967 26 17 9
1968 23 18 5
1969 23 16 7
1970 23 15 8
1971 37 27 10
1972 16 10 6
1973 26 19 7
1974 19 19 0
1975 41 30 11
1976 14 14 0
1977 21 12 9
1978 18 10 8
1979 18 10 8
1980 9 9 0
1981 15 9 6
1982 16 5 11
1983 12 7 5
1984 17 9 8
1985 5 5 0
1986 7 7 0
1987 12 6 6
1988 11 11 0
1989 7 0 7
1990 13 6 7
1991 12 6 6
1994 6 0 6
1997 7 0 7
2001 5 0 5

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Popularity of Toy as a first name

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Popularity of Toy as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Toy U.S.
  White 60.06% 64.26%
  African American 6.64% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 26.78% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.12% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.90% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 3.49% 16.26%

Of Last Name Toy

People with the last name Toy are most frequently White or Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander

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Fun Facts about the name Toy

  • How Popular is the name Toy? Toy is the 6,530th most popular name of all time. As a last name Toy was the 5,951st most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Toy have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 2,118 babies born with the first name Toy in the United States. That's more than enough people named Toy to occupy the territory of Christmas Island (Australia) with an estimated population of 1,462 (as of June 30, 2010).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Toy? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1883 when it was given as a first name to 6 new born babies.
  • When was Toy first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Toy is Thursday, May 15th, 1873.
  • What year had the most people named Toy born? The highest recorded use of the first name Toy was in 1919 with a total of 37 babies.
  • Random Toy Factoid: According to the 1921 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Toy is not a popular baby boy's name in Tennessee. Imagine that, only 5 babies in Tennessee have the same name as you in 1921.
  • Weird things about the name Toy: Your name in reverse order is Yot. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Oyt. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Toy? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 5,784 people with the last name Toy.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Toy? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 2 of them will have Toy as their last name.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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